Actress Loughlin surrenders as admissions fallout spreads

Actress Loughlin surrenders as admissions fallout spreads

She declared that actresses Lori Loughlin, 54, and Felicity Huffman, 56, - two of the 50 people who were charged in a nationwide college admissions bribery and cheating scam - should be "locked up".

At least nine athletic coaches and 33 parents were among those charged.

Some parents spent hundreds of thousands of United States dollars and some as much as US$6.5 million to guarantee their children's admission, officials said.

The actress, who is married to William H. Macy, is expected to appear in a Boston court on March 29 for a preliminary hearing into the case.

He was released on $US500,000 bail by a federal magistrate who overruled a federal prosecutor's objection to Mr Hodge keeping his passport.

Meanwhile, Lori Loughlin is allegedly flying to Los Angeles from Canada to surrender to authorities, where her husband Mossimo Giannulli is already in custody. He sat in the courtroom where Huffman had her first appearance and appeared to read legal documents during the proceedings.

The Desperate Housewives star and Loughlin - along with approximately 40 others - have been charged with involvement cheating and fraud scandal, which has been labelled as the "largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice".

Prosecutors called it the largest such scandal in U.S. history. Singer and several other employees of his outfits accepted some $25 million dollars in bribes from parents between 2011 and 2018 "to guarantee their children's admission to elite schools", said US Attorney Andrew Lelling.




A spokesperson for Loughlin had no comment on the charges Tuesday.

If convicted on all counts, Singer could face up to 65 years in prison.

Another parent charged in the scheme, Manuel Henriquez, resigned as chief executive officer of the finance company Hercules Capital, the company said early on Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Springer orchestrated several methods, including bribing those administering college entrance exams to provide answers, change answers or allow someone other than the student to take the exam.

According to court documents, cited by AP, Huffman paid $15,000 that she disguised as a charitable donation so her daughter could take part in the college entrance-exam cheating scam.

According to an indictment filed on Tuesday by the United States Attorney for the District of MA, the actress, her husband Mossimo Giannulli and dozens of other parents - including Desperate Housewives vet Felicity Huffman - allegedly bribed college entrance-exam administrators to allow cheating on the tests and university athletic coaches to designate school applicants as athletic recruits, regardless of athletic ability or experience playing a sport.

One of the daughters, Olivia Giannulli, has become a prominent "influencer" on social media under the name "Olivia Jade".

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